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  • Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021
This March 29, 2018 file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. The United Kingdom’s antitrust watchdog has blocked Facebook’s acquisition of GIF-sharing platform Giphy and ordered the social network to reverse the deal. It said Tuesday that the deal hurts social media users and advertisers by stifling competition for animated images. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

The United Kingdom's antitrust watchdog has blocked Facebook's acquisition of Giphy and ordered the social network to sell off the GIF-sharing platform, saying the deal hurts social media users and advertisers by stifling competition for animated images. 

The Competition and Markets Authority said Tuesday that the deal would let Facebook "increase its already significant market power" by denying or limiting other platforms' access to Giphy GIFs and driving traffic to Facebook-owned sites. It has noted previously that there's only one other big provider of GIFs, Google's Tenor. 

The regulator also was concerned that the deal removed potential competition from the U.K.'s 7 billion pound ($9.3 billion) display advertising market, of which Facebook controls half. 

It's the first time the watchdog has sought to unwind a tech deal, marking an escalation by regulators seeking to tame digital giants. 

Facebook, which has been renamed More

  • Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021
Cameron Bailey
TORONTO -- 

The board of directors of the Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF) has appointed Cameron Bailey to the role of CEO. A veteran of TIFF, Bailey leads the organization into a new chapter with an immediate focus on building a Toronto International Film Festival for the future while offering audiences a transformative TIFF experience all year round. Bailey’s new position comes on the heels of the announcement of Jeffrey Remedios, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Canada, as TIFF’s new chair of the board.

A 25-year vet of the organization, Bailey has been instrumental in growing and cultivating TIFF’s loyal audiences and ensuring the Festival is an essential stop for filmmakers, industry professionals and journalists from around the world. Over the course of his decades-long tenure, Bailey has held several key roles: starting as a programmer with Perspective Canada, founding the Planet Africa section, working as TIFF’s artistic director, and More

  • Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021
In this Feb. 24, 2020, file photo, former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. Smollett is going on trial this week, accused of lying to police when he reported he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack downtown Chicago nearly three years ago. Jury selection is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)
CHICAGO (AP) -- 

A popular actor steps out onto the street and is brutally reminded that, despite his fame and wealth, places still exist where the color of his skin and sexual orientation put him in danger. 

That was the story that ricocheted around the world after Jussie Smollett, a Black and openly gay actor, reported to Chicago police that he was the victim of a hate crime.

Nearly three years later, Smollett is about to stand trial on charges that he staged the whole thing. 

He was charged with felony disorderly conduct after law enforcement and prosecutors said he lied to police about what happened in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2019, in downtown Chicago. He has pleaded not guilty.  Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday. Disorderly conduct, a class 4 felony, carries a sentence of up to three years in prison but experts have said it is more likely that if Smollett is convicted he would be placed on probation and perhaps ordered to More

  • Friday, Nov. 26, 2021
The European Union flag
BRUSSELS (AP) -- 

Concerned by the misuse of political advertising to undermine elections, the European Union on Thursday unveiled plans to help people better understand when they are seeing such ads online and who is responsible for them.

The proposals, aimed at ensuring fair and transparent polls or referendums, would also ban political targeting and "amplification techniques" used to reach a wider audience if they use sensitive personal data like ethnic origin, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation without a citizen's permission.

"Digital advertising for political purposes is becoming an unchecked race of dirty and opaque methods," European Commission Vice-President Vera Jourova said. "A myriad of data analytics and communication firms work daily with our data to try to figure out the best way to convince us to buy something or vote for someone or not to vote at all."

She said people "must know why they are seeing an ad, who paid for it, how More

  • Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021
An NFT, or non-fungible token, is displayed on a billboard in Time Square, New York, on Nov. 4, 2021. Collins Dictionary has chosen the term NFT as its word of the year after surging interest in the digital tokens that can sell for millions of dollars brought it into the mainstream. NFT is short for non-fungible token. Collins defines it as “a unique digital certificate, registered in a blockchain, that is used to record ownership of an asset such as an artwork or a collectible." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Collins Dictionary has chosen the term NFT as its word of the year after surging interest in the digital tokens that can sell for millions of dollars brought it into the mainstream. 

NFT is short for non-fungible token. Collins defines it as "a unique digital certificate, registered in a blockchain, that is used to record ownership of an asset such as an artwork or a collectible." 

Most people didn't know what an NFT was until this year, when sales boomed, sparked in large part by artist Beeple's March auction of a digital collage NFT for nearly $70 million. Other highlights include Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey selling an NFT of his first tweet for $2.9 million and electronic musician Grimes selling $6 million worth for her digital art. 

Experts at Collins, based in Glasgow, Scotland, said Wednesday they chose NFT because of its "meteoric rise in usage," up 11,000% in 2021. 

"NFTs seem to be everywhere, from the arts sections to More

  • Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021
In this image from undated video, Kyle Rittenhouse, right, sits for an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Rittenhouse was acquitted on charges stemming from killing two men and wounding another during the unrest that followed the shooting of a Black man by a white police officer, in Kenosha, Wis. (Courtesy of Fox News via AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Tucker Carlson reached 5.05 million viewers for his Kyle Rittenhouse interview on Monday, the Fox News Channel opinion host's largest audience since the night of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Rittenhouse was acquitted on murder charges last week  and Carlson was given the chance for the post-trial interview because of the support he had shown him, according to the 18-year-old's family.

Carlson has averaged 3.16 million viewers on a typical night this year, the Nielsen company said.

ABC News and Diane Sawyer had strong ratings for her Friday night interview with members of a California family held captive for many years by their parents. That "20/20" episode reached more than 7.4 million viewers.

Fox broadcasting was the top-rated network in primetime last week, averaging 5.4 million viewers. NBC had 4.8 million, CBS had 4.5 million, ABC had 4.1 million, Univision had 1.5 million, Telemundo had 1 million and Ion More

  • Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021
Comedian Dave Chappelle attends a boxing bout Nov. 6, 2021, in Las Vegas. Two former Netflix employees who raised concerns about anti-transgender comments on Dave Chappelle’s TV special are dropping labor complaints and one has resigned from the company. Terra Field, a senior software engineer who is trans, announced a voluntary resignation on Monday, Nov. 22. Field and B. Pagels-Minor also are dropping a National Labor Relations Board complaint that claimed retaliation. (AP Photo/Steve Marcus, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Two former Netflix employees who criticized anti-transgender comments on Dave Chappelle's TV special are dropping labor complaints and one has resigned from the company, it was announced Monday.

Terra Field, a senior software engineer who is trans, announced that Field had voluntarily resigned as of Sunday.

"This isn't how I thought things would end, but I'm relieved to have closure," Field said in a resignation letter posted online.

Chappelle's "The Closer" first aired on Oct. 1 and gained millions of views. However, Chapelle's disparaging remarks about the transgender community raised protests within Netflix and from activists. About 30 Netflix workers staged a an Oct. 20 walkout and joined a rally at Netflix offices in Los Angeles.

Field was suspended by the company after attending a business meeting for senior executives but was quickly reinstated.

Field and B. Pagels-Minor, a game launch operations program manager More

  • Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021
Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte, center, in the romance series “Bridgerton.” (photo by Liam Daniel/courtesy of Netflix)
LOS ANGELES -- 

Casting Society of America (CSA) has unveiled the television, theatre, short film and short form series nominees for the 37th Artios Awards, which honor the contribution of casting directors in these categories.  The winners will be revealed on Thursday, March 17, 2022, when the Artios Awards returns for an in-person gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. The annual celebration will also mark CSA’s 40th year.
 
Submissions for film nominees will open on December 15 with nominations to be announced on January 31, 2022. Honorees for the Hoyt Bowers Award For Excellence In Casting, Lynn Stalmaster Award For Career Achievement, Marion Dougherty New York Apple Award, Rosalie Joseph Humanitarian Award, and the Associate Spotlight Award, will be announced at a later date and then presented during the Artios ceremony.
 
As Broadway was shut down on March 12, 2020, with shows only recently opening, a new category, “Virtual Theater,” was created More

  • Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021
Japanese costume designer Emi Wada speaks in an interview in Tokyo on June 20, 2013. Wada, who won an Oscar for her work in Akira Kurosawa’s “Ran,” has died, Japanese media reports said Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. She was 84.(Kyodo News via AP)
TOKYO (AP) -- 

Emi Wada, the Japanese costume designer who won an Oscar for her work in Akira Kurosawa's "Ran," has died, Japanese media reports said Sunday. She was 84.

Wada died Nov. 13, the reports said, citing unidentified family sources and not giving the cause of death. 

Wada was catapulted to stardom by the samurai costumes she created for the 1985 "Ran," a striking portrayal of bloody intrigue and betrayal inspired by William Shakespeare's "King Lear." 

When accepting the award from the Academy in 1986, Wada held the man-shaped statue and said with a smile, "He doesn't need my costuming." 

Wada also designed costumes for other reputed film directors including Nagisa Oshima and Zhang Yimou, as well as for the theater and opera.

Amon Miyamoto, a theater director who worked with Wada, expressed praise for her.

"I've never known anyone who pursued perfection and authenticity as much as you," he said on his Facebook page. More

  • Friday, Nov. 19, 2021
Frank Scherma of RadicalMedia was re-elected TV Academy chairman & CEO
NOHO ARTS DISTRICT, Calif. -- 

The Television Academy has announced the newly elected officers and members to the Board of Governors who will serve two-year terms beginning on Jan. 1, 2022 and running through Dec. 31, 2023. An unprecedented 41% of those elected are new to the Academy’s boardroom, including two governors representing the newly created Science & Technology Peer Group.

Current chairman and CEO Frank Scherma (Commercials and Producers Peer Groups) was reelected for a second term. He will be joined by vice chair Sharon Lieblein (Casting Directors), second vice chair Rickey Minor (Music), secretary Allison Binder (Professional Representatives) and treasurer Ann Leslie Uzdavinis (Commercials). All will serve a two-year term.

The 25 newly elected governors who will serve their first-ever term are: Anya Adams (Directors); Kaz Aizawa (Animation); Wendy Aylsworth (Science & Technology); Edward H. Bonin (Special Visual Effects); Shannon Buck (Public More

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